TV presenter and property expert Melissa Porter today launched Architect in the House, a fundraising initiative run by Shelter and the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA), offering the public the opportunity to create their dream home, while raising money for homeless people.
Melissa, best known for presenting TV shows such as 'I Own Britain's Best Home' and 'Put Your Money Where Your House Is', is supporting this year's campaign. She says architects can help homeowners unlock hidden potential their properties.
Architect in the House is a unique opportunity for homeowners to discuss design changes to their home with a top RIBA architect. It's very simple: architects nationwide give up their time for free to offer hour-long consultations to the public, in return for a £40 suggested donation to Shelter.
From knocking down an interior wall, to adding a new floor or extension, a consultation with an architect can help make your dream home a reality, while raising funds to help Shelter's vital work with homeless and badly housed children.
Melissa has produced a handy guide, explaining how an architect can help you achieve your vision, including everything you need to know about signing up to the scheme from 2 June 2008 – it can be found at www.architectinthehouse.org.uk
Melissa Porter says:
"Many people think architects are only for the rich and famous, but Architect in the House is a fantastic way to show how we can all benefit from their advice. Today's high property prices mean many people can't afford to move, but a little help from an architect could help you create more space, add value to your home and allow you to enjoy it for years to come".
Sunand Prasad, President of the RIBA said:
"We often know our homes need changes but how to start and what will it cost? It can be daunting to take the plunge and many of us simply never get around to it. This scheme is a great way to speak to a professional about design potential and discover what works best. And thanks to the architects generously giving up their time, Architect in the House is a great way for the profession to raise money to help people struggling to find a place to live.
Adam Sampson, chief executive of Shelter said:
"Many of us take pleasure in improving our homes, but sadly, 1 in 7 children across Britain are homeless or badly housed. Architect in the House is a great way for homeowners to get some expert advice on making the most of their property, while helping thousands in desperate housing need."